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New Racial Traits for Warlords of Draenor

Bashiok published recently a post on the official forum, as previously announced during Blizzcon, the races of Azeroth will have their racial traits redesign for Warlords of Draenor.

BashiokBashiok: We’re planning some changes to racial traits for Warlords of Draenor. We recently posted a Dev Watercooler (Pruning the Garden of War) that dives deeper into the philosophy behind these changes, and now we wanted to give you the full details of what’s coming.

In order to keep racials more in line with one another, we’ve decided to bring down a couple of high outliers, then establish a fair baseline and bring the other racials up to that. We’re accomplishing this by improving old passives, replacing obsolete ones, and adding a few new ones where necessary. Ultimately, our goal is to achieve much better parity among races.

There aren’t any current plans to change Pandaren or Worgen racials.

Blood Elf

  • Arcane Acuity is a new racial passive ability that increases Critical Strike chance by 1%.
  • Arcane Torrent now restores 20 Runic Power for Death Knights (up from 15 Runic Power), 1 Holy Power for Paladins, or 3% of Mana for Mage, Priest, Warlocks (up from 2% of Mana). Other aspects of the ability remain unchanged.

Draenei

  • Heroic Presence has been redesigned. It no longer increases Hit by 1%, and instead increases Strength, Agility, and Intellect, scaling with character level.
  • Gift of the Naaru now heals for the same amount over 5 seconds (down from 15 seconds).

Dwarf

    • Crack Shot has been removed (was 1% Expertise with ranged weapons).
    • Mace Specialization (was 1% Expertise with maces) has been replaced with Might of the Mountain.
      • Might of the Mountain is a new racial passive ability that increases Critical Strike bonus damage and healing dealt by 2%.
  • Stoneform now also removes magic and curse effects in addition to poison, disease, and bleed effects, along with reducing damage taken by 10% for 8 seconds. It remains unusable while CC’d.

Gnome

  • Expansive Mind now increases maximum Mana, Energy, Rage, and Runic Power by 5% instead of only increasing maximum Mana.
  • Escape Artist’s cooldown has been reduced to 1 minute (down from 1.5 minutes).
  • Shortblade Specialization (was 1% Expertise with one-handed swords and daggers) has been replaced with Nimble Fingers.
    • Nimble Fingers is a new racial passive ability that increases Haste by 1%.

Goblin

  • Time is Money now grants a 1% increase to Haste (up from only attack speed and spell haste).

Human

  • Mace Specialization has been removed (was 1% Expertise with maces).
  • Sword Specialization has been removed (was 1% Expertise with swords).
  • The Human Spirit has been redesigned. It no longer increases Spirit by 3%, and instead now increases two secondary stats by an amount scaling with character level. You can choose which two secondary stats it increases. This has not yet been implemented.

Night Elf

  • Quickness now also increases movement speed by 2% in addition to increasing Dodge chance by 2%.
  • Touch of Elune is a new passive ability which increases Haste by 1% at night, and Critical Strike Chance by 1% during the day.

Orc

  • Axe Specialization has been removed (was 1% Expertise with axes).
  • Hardiness now reduces the duration of Stun effects by 10% (down from 15%).

Tauren

  • Brawn is a new racial passive ability that increases Critical Strike bonus damage and healing done by 2%.
  • Endurance now increases Stamina by an amount scaling with character level, instead of increasing Base Health by 5%.

Troll

  • Berserking now increases Haste by 15% (down from 20%).
  • Beast Slaying now increases XP earned from killing Beasts by 20% instead of increasing damage dealt versus Beasts by 5%.
  • Dead Eye has been removed (was 1% Expertise with ranged weapons).

Undead

  • Will of the Forsaken’s cooldown has been increased to 3 minutes (up from 2 minutes).
 

Blizzard Student Art Contest Winners

The Art Contest that Blizzard introduce some months ago is finally over, students had a choice between Environment, Character, Weapons and Animation. The winners has been selected and the result is impressive, as a personal point of view, the Justice Blade would be a very good Legendary Weapon for Warlords of Draenor.

Presented by Blizzard Entertainment’s university relations and World of Warcraft development teams, the third annual Blizzard Student Art Contest has drawn to a close. After sifting through all of the very talented entries, our judges have managed to select three outstanding winning entries. Check out the winners, the runner-ups, and honorable mention below.

Winners

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Sukjoo- Choi- Character

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Servando Lupini- Environment

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Duy Nguyen – Weapons

Runner-Ups

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Jongmo Nam- Character Ryan Ribot- Character
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Anna Sakoi- Character Zhimin Cai- Environment
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Elliot Picarello- Environment Zeyan “Phillip” Zhang- Environment
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Haoyu Zhang- Weapons Yichao “Peter” Guo- Weapons

Honorable Mention

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Lara Colson – Character

 

Mist of Pandaria Digital Deluxe edition : Ending Soon™

Blizzard just release a new concerning the Digital Deluxe edition of Mist of Pandaria, its availability will stop in less than a week.

In approximately one week (no sooner than March 10), the Mists of Pandaria Digital Deluxe edition will be earning a bit of much-deserved rest in the Blizzard Archive. If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your standard edition for the in-game extras or contemplating coming back to the game to check out the latest content, you might want to consider snagging the Digital Deluxe Edition now before it heads into the vaults.

If you already own the standard edition of Mists of Pandaria and are interested in upgrading, you can head over to your account management page to do so now. The Digital Deluxe edition might come back out of the archive in the future, but even the jinyu waterspeakers don’t know if or when.

MoP Deluxe Bonus

The Digital Deluxe edition of Mists of Pandaria includes the Imperial Quilen Mount, the Lucky Quilen Cub pet, a Mists of Pandaria–themed Diablo III banner sigil and accent, and Horde- and Alliance-themed StarCraft II portraits. Learn more about the Digital Deluxe Edition here.

 

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